Vital Statistics: Thanksgiving Edition

Thanksgiving travel costs increase

The cost of your travel plans for the Thanksgiving holiday will most likely be higher than last year. According to Orbitz Worldwide Inc, the average round trip airfare for Wednesday through Sunday to the 10 most popular destinations in the U.S. has jumped 11 percent (to $373) compared to the same period last year. Flights to New York will increase the most, rising 20 percent compared to 2010, with an average round trip price of $342.

Curious if you are heading to one of the busiest or least busy airports for the holiday? Orbitz also reviewed the top 50 airports in the U.S. based on flight bookings and found that Los Angeles International, Chicago O’Hare and Orlando International will be the three busiest airports in the country. Meanwhile, Mineta San Jose International claims the least busy title.

The price of Thanksgiving dinner is on the rise

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, the cost of a 10-person traditional Thanksgiving dinner has jumped by 13 percent since last year. That is equivalent to $5.70 for an average total of $49.20. This is the largest increase since the study began 26 years ago.

It now costs an average of $21.57 for a 16 pound turkey, $3.91 more than 2010, making it the biggest contributor to the price increase.  A gallon of whole milk was also among the biggest gainers, rising 42 cents from last year to $3.66. Thirty ounces of pumpkin pie mix also played a part, jumping 41 cents to $3.03.

The Thanksgiving news isn’t all negative! For some positivity, check out the Forbes piece Breast Cancer Fund’s Scary Thanksgiving Study Is A Turkey by STATS editor-at-large Trevor Butterworth. Harvard Medical School also discusses some of the benefits of giving thanks.

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